You’ve either googled “grand rapids lawyer” or a wonderful friend of mine sent you to this website. Either way, you’re here because there’s a legal issue in your life and you’re confused, frustrated, and you need help. You need someone to sort this out. And you’re still reading this because you can already tell that I might be a little bit different kind of attorney, and you like that.
So what’s different about me? What sets me apart?
It’s been said that a lawyer’s time is their trade. Well, I don’t think so. My trade is relationships. My trade is problem solving. My trade is to listen, to make sense of confusion, and to help you find the best way to solve your problem in a way that works for you. For you. And how will I do any of those things if I am constantly unavailable, if you can’t afford me, and if we don’t mean anything to each other? My core values are confidence, connection, and being in control.
I asked people questions like, “What did you like most about the last lawyer you met? What did you like least? What was your impression of them?” One person hit the nail on the head. She is a small business owner, and she said “Well, my accountant, my suppliers, and my customers, they all feel like friends. But my lawyer doesn’t. I can never get a hold of him and he never returns my calls. I don’t feel like I mean anything to him.”
Your lawyer is probably the highest paid person on your team and you don’t feel like you mean anything to him??? Holy cow.
I want every one of my clients to mean something to me. I want to be passionately aware of every one of their needs and I want to devote not my time to this mission, but my self. If you’re looking for a big name firm to intimidate the hell out of some poor schmuck then I can tell you some great ones to work with. But if you are that poor schmuck, and you want an attorney who is not only going to fight for you but is going to train with you, and bleed and sweat with you, and is going to be there with you through it all, then you need to hire me.
Check out my Meet Melinda page if you want to know more about me, my story, my credentials, and how I can help you. There are also pages for my practice areas which are mainly real estate law, family law, bankruptcy, and estate planning. Each page outlines what you can expect when we work together.
Please, call me about anything. At the very least I’ll be happy to help you find a lawyer you love who can help! And your questions help me learn what my clients need, so please ask away!
Melinda M. Schmuck
Attorney at Law
Advocate Law Office, PLLC
1430 Michigan St. NE Ste. B
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
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